Saturday, 16 March 2019

The DIY Diaries: Office Update 2.0

I recently did a post on our newly decorated bedroom and with that went my office room! So where has it gone? Well, we actually ended up switching all three bedrooms in the house so what was a guest room has now become my office.

white pink and rose gold office

There's a lot of similarities to the old office in the colour scheme and the furniture but there's also some added extras and changes such as the ladder shelving unit.

white pink and rose gold office
Radio- Amazon
Rose Gold In Tray- Wilko
Vase- Matalan
Jewellery Tray- Rex London
Photo Frame- TK Maxx
Shelving Unit- IKEA

Ladder shelving- B&M
Desk- IKEA
Chair- IKEA  (old stock, was blue but sprayed it rose gold)
Rose Gold Desk Tidy- Wilko
Rose Gold Magazine Holder- Wilko
Vase- Matalan
Mohair Cushion- Matalan
Desk Lamp- Wilkos
Microphone- Blue Snowball Ice
Photo frames- The Range
Curtains- The Range
Vase and faux plant- IKEA

This was originally meant for the living room but it looked too small for the room and instead fitted perfectly in this odd corner of the room and I really love it for displaying bits and pieces on.

white pink and rose gold office

The walls are also white in this room- something I did myself and was petrified about as it was the first room I painted all by myself but you can't really go wrong with white right? Oops I got some white paint on the white ceiling when I'm painting the walls- no biggy!

white pink and rose gold office

A big change for me is having a hard floor and although it's not the warmest, it's much more practical than carpet for skidding around in my office chair and easier to clean up after an arts and crafts explosion.

white pink and rose gold office

So where did the bed go? It's still in here but now it's folded away and only makes a full appearance when we need two bedrooms available for guests. I painted the end white and repurposed the throw as a bed cover which then doubles up as a cosy throw when the bed is in use! Having the bed folded away makes a huge difference with the space so I can spread out when filming videos or even just a good area to hang clothes that need to dry. Thrilling I know!

white pink and rose gold office

white pink and rose gold office


I'm actually a lot happier in this space than I was the old office room. For one, the sun comes into the room early morning which is a great motivator for getting shit done whereas it streamed through the old room in the evenings making it super hot and stuffy- not what you want when you're recording podcast episodes and need the door closed! It's also a lot more cosy as it is a smaller room and I enjoy it thoroughly and find myself in this room more often that I ever did in the old space. It's truly a lovely place to work on my blogging, YouTube and podcasting hobbies.

white pink and rose gold office


If you need me, I'll be singing away to the radio,typing and sipping a decent brew.


Friday, 8 March 2019

DIY Diaries: The Master Bedroom Edit

Aloha! I'm back with another room makeover/ decor post and this time it's the master bedroom!

DIY rustic log cabin bedroom

This post has been a long time coming, having finished this room in October 2018, however  I'd been toying with a few bits which I'll explain further on this post. So first, lets discuss the inspiration for this room!

DIY rustic log cabin bedroom


I'd been struggling with knowing how to decorate this room to please two different tastes. I love girly style whereas Chris naturally despises it so we needed a compromise! I also wanted something that's cosy and Chris didn't want anything too fussy so we got to thinking of places we've stayed in the past and liked the aesthetic plus the wonderful world of Pinterest to draw inspiration.






A big inspiration for us was our stays at North Star Club (which you can read about here and here) as it made us feel cosy witht he fux fur soft furnishings and partly connected with nature through the rustic logs and wood of the rooms.

The Moon Suite at North Star Club

Naturally we'd have loved to had put logs at each corner of the bed for a rustic four poster bed look and cladded the walls but it just wasn't practical so instead we went with rustic wood style wallpaper and these faux silver birch branches which we pick up second hand from someone's no longer needed wedding decor and fashioned together a rustic piece to hang above the bed. The finishing touch was the wicker heart which came from our own wedding decor stock and I think it ties in beautifully.

DIY rustic log cabin bedroom
Super king Bed- Dreams
Throw- The Range
Bedding- Hyde & Sleep
Wicker heart- QD
Faux silver birch- picked up second hand
Wallpaper- Wilkos
Bedside tables- IKEA Hemnes range (but picked up second hand)
Clock- Amazon
Lamp- IKEA (similar here)
Deer Artwork- iamfy
Cow Artwork- iamfy
Frames- The Range

DIY rustic log cabin bedroom

DIY rustic log cabin bedroom


Now you probably don't recognise this room from before but it was in fact my office when we moved in (see here.)

Before!
With the addition of a new bed, we needed a space free from built in wardrobes to fit this monstrous super king bed. You might be thinking we're mad for buy a big that big but honestly we've done the double bed, the king size bed and still I was bed hogging- so much so Chris didn't sleep properly for the first five years of our marriage!So yes we lost some wardrobe space to accommodate this mahoosive bed but the bed is an ottoman, meaning we have plenty of space underneath and with a hydraulic assisted lifting mechanism, it makes lifting up the bed a breeze rather than a ball ache and we can sleep soundly too.

DIY rustic log cabin bedroom

The crisp white bedding was actually thrown in with the bed when we bought it and its actually lovely quality so we just chose to finish the bed off with some cosy cushions and a throw.

DIY rustic log cabin bedroom

Chest of Drawers- IKEA Hemnes range (but picked up second hand)
Lamp- The Range
TV- Old and god knows where from!
Curtains- The Range
Blind- The Range

When it came to furniture, I was actually really pleased with myself for sourcing it all second hand, saving us a hell of a lot of money and giving unwanted furniture a second life. I'd always recommend looking to see if the furniture you like can be sourced second hand or if you can find something similar as you can get a  real bargain and you're helping to upcycle rather than condemning good furniture to landfill. I had been eyeing up the IKEA Hemnes range and picked up both the bed side tables from one person and this huge chest of drawers from another for less than £150!

DIY rustic log cabin bedroom

So I'd been toying with painting the chest of drawers grey but after some careful consideration I decided against it as it might look too matchy matchy plus I quite enjoy this dark cosy corner.

DIY rustic log cabin bedroom

DIY rustic log cabin bedroom

Overall I am really chuffed with how this room turned out! It's definitely become one of my favourite rooms to relax in and the bed teamed with the tranquil, cosy cabin aesthetic means I've never slept better.

Would you go for this in your bedroom?


Saturday, 2 March 2019

Lets take a walk and have a talk

She's A Gentry

Looking through these photos now I look over dressed for this freakish weather we're having! As lovely as it is to feel the sun on my bones I can't help but fret a little about the state of global warming. Is it just me? Alas the cooler weather will come again I'm sure...

She's A Gentry

The one thing I am extremely pleased about though is the lighter evenings- a phenomenon not linked to global warming but to the fact it's almost spring. Soon I'll be able to walk the doggo of an evening in the light rather than in the pitch black with a head torch on through fields- something that to be honest I'm too chicken to do so I leave it for Chris to endure! That and with working shifts he can walk Harry in the day but I do feel guilty that I haven't been doing my bit so much over winter.

She's A Gentry

She's A Gentry

With all this in mind I have been thinking about exercise recently... It's something I literally avoid like the plague because I despise it but I know it would benefit me massively with posture, flexability and general aches and pains that have been creeping in as the years tick on. Does anyone have any recommendations for fun exercise that doesn't make you feel like you're in hell whilst doing it? I tried running a while back but I didn't really enjoy it and I'm a shy exerciser/ I'm talking myself out of it just thinking about it! Either way I need to get my arse in gear and I think I'll try a spot of cycling to ease me into it. 

She's A Gentry
Coat- Boohoo
Shirt- M&S
Treggings- H&M
Boots- Topshop
Beret- eBay
Handbag- Kate Spade

She's A Gentry

So what's new with you? I've been trying really hard to be less busy this year and so far so good- I'm taking things in my stride and really enjoying spending lots of time at  home. Last year was so insanely manic that I've pretty much gone the opposite way this year and made no plans. I don't even know where or when I'm taking a holiday this year because I literally can't decide/ I feel really unmotivated to make plans! It's quite nice to enjoy the simple life and I've found time to do more of my hobbies and what I love so that's the main thing.

She's A Gentry

Anyway I'm waffling again about anything and everything so we'll leave it there for this week. I might don this outfit a bit more once the weather has calmed down and realised it's still winter! What are you wearing at the moment?

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Writers block but I love this frock | OOTD

how to style the Topshop Zebra Pinafore

Dress- Topshop (Gifted by Queensagte Shopping Centre)
Polo neck body- Boohoo
Boots- Topshop

I've literally gone to write a post to accompany this outfit about three or four times now but I just don't have any words! I'd usually write about a topic and feature an outfit but I have nothing of great importance or anything I really want to discuss topic wise...

how to style the Topshop Zebra Pinafore

So lets just waffle a bit, talk about the weather and the clothes! This sudden burst of spring weather is making me SO HAPPY right now. Literally the feeling of sunshine on my face is doing wonders for my well being and sparks so much joy, making me excited for the year ahead. I'd felt a bit glum for the past couple of months but I feel like now I'm back on track and I've found my mojo again.

how to style the Topshop Zebra Pinafore

how to style the Topshop Zebra Pinafore


how to style the Topshop Zebra Pinafore

Speaking of my mojo, this outfit makes me feel terribly snazzy and cool. Now that I've hit 30  I was starting to worry that I would turn into a fuddy duddy middle aged person that favours comfort over style all the time. I mean don't get me wrong, I do enjoy a pair of leggings and a baggy tee around the house but if that begins to transpire into my out and about life please shoot me!

how to style the Topshop Zebra Pinafore

how to style the Topshop Zebra Pinafore

how to style the Topshop Zebra Pinafore

 I mean don't get me wrong, I know clothes don't define you as a person but I do feel like clothes are a great way to express ourselves and our individuality and if you can't have fun with fashion well...what's the point? Wear what makes you happy and for me that's a zebra patterned pinafore in leopard colours. Yup!

how to style the Topshop Zebra Pinafore

how to style the Topshop Zebra Pinafore

Anyway I've gabbled on for long enough about everything and nothing in this post but let me know what you think to this outfit and also what your favourite sassy pants outfit is at the moment!


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